Daphne Caine has declared her intention to stand for re-election in Garff.

Maughold resident Mrs Caine, who has represented the constituency since 2016, said her priorities are education, the environment and island infrastructure, especially roads and flood mitigation.

Mrs Caine confirmed she will stand again as an independent candidate. She said:

‘I was late to declare five years ago and I hope by announcing early that I will have more time to get around the whole constituency and hear directly from people what their priorities and concerns are.

‘I have worked constantly on a wide variety of constituency issues both before and during the pandemic, and I’m aware many face uncertain times as we come out of the health crisis.

‘I believe we need to focus on better social and environmental policies that benefit more people and a speedier adoption of renewable energy. Housing remains a concern as does general health and social care provision, and government accountability and openness is still not where it should be.

‘I am also passionate about conserving our heritage and celebrating our culture to ensure the Island remains attractive as a place to work and raise a family,’ she added.

A former journalist with 20 years of communications and customer service experience within the public sector, Mrs Caine has been political lead of Digital Isle of Man since being appointed to serve on the Deprtment for Enterprise.

In parliament she brought forward a private member’s bill that will enable no fault divorces on the island and has spoken frequently on education and environmental issues, including tabling the Tynwald motion declaring the climate crisis.

The Isle of Man General Election will be held on Thursday 23 September 2021.
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Daphne Caine outside Legislative Buildings (May 2021)